UCI President David Lappartient, right, said the inaugural Cycling World Championships in Glasgow is a "nice adventure" ©Rob Lindblade

International Cycling Union (UCI) President David Lappartient has described next year's inaugural Cycling World Championships as "a nice adventure" at Host City 2022 here.

The conference has been held in Glasgow, the same city which is due to host the multi-discipline event next year.

Thirteen World Championships are set to be organised under one umbrella event, which is the first of its kind for the UCI.

Lappartient, who was elected as UCI President in 2017, explained the thinking behind the concept of the event.

"It is really a nice adventure that we have been working together," said the French official.

"When I was running for the Presidency of the UCI in 2017, I wrote a manifesto about what I wanted to achieve as the President if I were elected, and among this, one of the points was to create one time every four years, a global UCI World Championships, that initially was just about the five Olympic disciplines, it was not about all the disciplines.

"In 2018, at the time I was the European Cycling [Union] President, and I was on board with the 2018 European Championships here, and I saw that it was a very nice concept.

"I thought why don't we figure out this for the UCI for the World Championships, so it started like this, and after we said why not enlarge to include maybe all the disciplines?"

He said that he had observed that Glasgow 2023 was unifying athletes from all cycling disciplines.

"Last week we had the Athletes' Commission meeting in Abu Dhabi, and sometimes in cycling when you discuss about track cycling, BMX flatland or road, to find some current topics to discuss is not so easy," Lappartient admitted.

"But then we had the presentation for Glasgow 2023, and as an example the rider of indoor cycling was so happy to say to the guy from urban cycling, you will be able to come to see me and vice-versa, and we had the feeling that something was really moving positively among the athletes themselves to be part of a global project."

Lappartient also spoke highly of the dialogue with organisers in Glasgow, with whom monthly meetings are held.

He believes the future is bright for the unified Cycling World Championships, with the next edition in 2027 already awarded to Haute-Savoie and four parties already interested in 2031.

"[For 2027] we started with a kind of verbal deal, and we also built this together, and this is where we can see that cycling will continue to bring some new disciplines," he said.

"We will have enduro, gravel, a discipline that was not part of the UCI when we agreed on this process, so it will be 19 UCI World Championships.

"That has been officially awarded to Haute-Savoie.

"For 2031, I am very happy to tell you that we already have four potential cities at this stage meeting with us and sharing interest, and the goal for us is to award the 2031 [edition] in September 2024 at the UCI Congress."

The UCI President added that he hopes each of its 202 National Federations will be represented by at least one competitor at the event when discussing future plans.

However, he ruled out staging it more often than quadrennially.

"I would say it has to be only every four years because otherwise we will also reduce the number of cities able to host some other disciplines, just a single discipline," Lappartient, elected as an International Olympic Committee member earlier this year, said.

"We also think that if we do this for example every two years then we potentially decrease the value of the event, and it's big to organise and then we have to find also some host cities, so we believe one time every four years in the year prior to the Olympic Games is the perfect cycle, I would say it is an Olympic cycle.

"That seems to be the best way for us because our Championships will remain annual events, but every four years we will combine them and for us we don’t want to go every two years or something like this."

Glasgow held the 2018 European Championships, and is due to stage the UCI's inaugural Cycling World Championships from August 3 to 13 2023 ©Getty Images
Glasgow held the 2018 European Championships, and is due to stage the UCI's inaugural Cycling World Championships from August 3 to 13 2023 ©Getty Images

Challenges for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships were discussed by Lappartient and Visit Scotland director of events Paul Bush, including from a financial, logistical and staff perspective.

However, Bush insisted that these would be overcome to deliver a spectacular World Championships.

"We've brought together the Scottish Government, the UK Government and the city into a really strong partnership," he said.

"Alongside the rights holders UCI and other partners, we have a platform that arguably can theoretically solve all the problems and challenges we have.

"The garden is not rosy.

"We talk very openly about huge budget challenges for the event next year, as every event in the world has, we have huge challenges around recruitment of people, huge challenges around supply chain, but as we sit here nine months out we are absolutely committed and absolutely confident it will be the finest cycling event the world has ever seen."

The 2023 UCI World Championships is due to be held from August 3 to 13.